British Cinema of the 1950s : The Decline of Deference, Paperback / softback Book


In this definitive and long-awaited history of 1950s British cinema, Sue Harper and Vincent Porter draw extensively on previously unknown archive material to chart the growing rejection of post-war deference by both film-makers and cinema audiences.

Competition from television and successive changes in government policy all forced the production industry to become more market-sensitive.

The films produced by Rank and Ealing, many of which harked back to wartimestructures of feeling, were challenged by those backed by Anglo-Amalgamated and Hammer.

The latter knew how to address the rebellious feelings and growing sexual discontents of a new generation of consumers.

Even the British Board of Film Censors had to adopt a more liberal attitude.

The collapse of thestudio system also meant that the screenwriters and the art directors had to cede creative control to a new generation of independent producers and film directors.

Harper and Porter explore the effects of these social, cultural, industrial, and economic changes on 1950s British cinema.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 420 pages, numerous halftones and tables
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Film theory & criticism
  • ISBN: 9780198159353



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